It's Definitely Work.
|"Oorah!" 9 x 12 Chalk pastel on flat canvas|
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I began the piece with a blue chalk sketch on a piece of flat canvas, and blended the chalk with water to give it a bit of a watercolor feel. Water helps stick the chalk to the canvas, eliminating some of that annoying dust and also replacing the potent can of fixative I sometimes break out in case of emergency. It's best to use a watercolor brush and have a paper towel handy if you want to lift out some extra highlights, and keep the canvas absolutely flat as it dries.
I meant to go for a more secondary color scheme with greens, purples, and a bit of orange, but the blue dominated the painting (as it did the reference photo), so I kept the colors down to more of a blue, purple, and white palette. I almost didn't add the flag simply because I wasn't sure how to balance out that red, but my three year-old insisted that I include the flag. She was right, as the boat wouldn't have felt right without it. I added bits of red to some of the other areas to balance out those scarlet stripes waving from the boat.
So, after finishing this piece up I thought about why we call paintings "artwork" or "works of art," and realized that paintings may start out as fun, exciting ideas, but they often require quite a bit of work to reach their potential.
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